Underreporting of Anti APIA Hate Crimes

March 18 will be the 34 year anniversary of the sentencing date of Ronald Eben and Michael Nitz. Admitting to the brutal killing of Vincent Chin, the father and step-son would never spend a day in jail. On June 23rd will be 35 years from the night these two would kill Vincent Chin.

The image below is from the 2012 reenactment of the Vincent Chin’s death from a UCLA production. reenactment photo by Charlie Wang/DailyBruin.com

A&E

Detroit, MI
On March 18, 34 years ago, a father and step-son were given 3 years probation and fined $3,780 for the killing of Vincent Chin. When the gavel was laid down on the block, the two men that committed a brutal killing of a Chinese American man at the prime of his life was now given the benefit of due process by the court of law.

The presiding judge decreed “These aren’t the kind of men you send to jail. You fit the punishment to the criminal, not the crime.”

That crime was the violent battering of the human skull in close proximity with a baseball bat held in the bare hands of Ronald Eben while the second assailant, his step-son Michael Nitz held down the victim. Witnesses accounts have stated that Ronald Eben was making multiple home-run-like, full swings at the head that would kill Vincent Chin. That crime would never be murder. Neither man spent a single day in jail. Vincent’s last word as he laid dying with a burst open skull and brain matter, blood and spinal fluid splattered all around the floor beside him was “it’s not fair.”

jsc
Chesapeake, VA
January 26, 2017 an armed security guard fires multiple times into a van killing Jiansheng Chen. Jiansheng Chen was sitting behind the wheel of a minivan in which an argument ensued after the unidentified security guard stepped out of his vehicle and approached the 60 year-old grandfather who spoke very little English. Afterward, Mr. Chen began motioning to leave the area in his minivan, the security guard is reported to have yelled “Stop” before open firing multiple times striking Chen once in the upper left arm and several time to the upper left chest, killing him.

“There was a history of problems between the company and Mr. Chen,” said the attorney representing the security company without offering details. “We are going to have a very strong, hard-hitting, very accurate, very credible and fully documented statement about what actually happened,” stressing the company’s desire to “set the record straight.” He also said a vehicle can be used as a weapon.

In the final report of the killing of Jiansheng Chen, the 60 year-old grandfather was playing Pokemon “GO” before he was shot and killed. Only after three weeks of heavy public pressure, the identity of the security guard, who was protected by the contracted security company, was released and the 21 year-old man charged with second degree murder. The security company’s contract was also nullified.

KGMLos Angeles, CA
February 2, 2017 an 83-year-old Korean grandmother was attacked in Los Angeles by a woman who allegedly yelled “white power” before attacking her. The story was also reported by Los Angeles local news agencies, where the LAPD confirmed the attack occurred at 2:40 p.m., near Western Avenue and Third Street in Los Angeles. The assailant gave police her name as Patty Garcia but fingerprints later identified her as Alexis Duvall. Reports have surfaced that the case is not currently being investigated as a hate crime. The “white power” statement was not included in the official report that was initially filed but may be included after a thorough investigation into the incident.

The elderly woman is well known by the community and deemed the “neighborhood grandmother.” The grandmother suffered a one-inch gash to her forehead from her eyeglasses breaking and scrapes from the fall. Thankfully, she has been treated and discharged from the hospital.

Clinton, MO
February 22, 2017 Adam Purinton had been drinking hard and exclaimed racial slurs. When a bar regular told him to stop, the man yelled “get out of my country” before he started shooting.  The alleged incident occurred in Austin’s Bar and Grill, a suburban Kansas City restaurant that was packed Wednesday night when he allegedly blasted off several rounds at 7:15 p.m.  Some 80 miles away after they were able to negotiate with him over the phone early Thursday morning, Cops arrested the 51-year-old at a restauirant hours later in Clinton, Mo.

chartPurinton allegedly told a bartender at the second bar, in Missouri, that he had killed two men who he called “Middle Eastern.”

The incident left a South Asian immigrant aviation engineer working for the technology company Garmin, Srinu Kuchibhotla dead and his friend Alok Madasani, also South Asian, critically injured for being mistaken as “Middle Eastern.”  A third person, Ian Grillot was also hospitalized for trying to stop Purington.  The case is being reviewed as a possible hate crime.

In a 2009 online article by C. Chen on the murder of David Kao, the following statement express the sentiment of Asians in America and the violent crimes that are committed against them.

“The Asian American Legal and Defense Education allege, however, that Anti-Asian violence is widely underreported at both the individual and state level. The reasons are manifold: Asian American victims may not be comfortable with, or capable of reporting their experiences because of the lack of bilingual law enforcement personnel, mistrust of local police, fears of trouble over their immigration status, and a general lack of awareness around hate crimes and federal civil rights protections. Furthermore, despite the passage of legislation mandating the collection of federal hate crimes statistics, many states and localities have not made rigorous efforts to prosecute and collect data on anti-Asian violence.”

If you are aware of any violence or act of hate to yourself or anyone around you, do not hesitate to use the following database.

OCA Hate Incident Reporting Website

2017 OCA – NJ Lunar New Year Dinner

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SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2017 ~ 5:30pm

TRADITIONAL CHINESE LION DANCE PERFORMANCE

In & Around NJ — 2017

Join the fun with OCA-NJ and our friends & family at these events to raise awareness of our heritage.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017
Palisades Mall, West Nyack, NY
Please join us at 11:00 a.m.

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Lunar New Year USPS Stamp Ceremony
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Finding parking near Target
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OCA-NJ Action Step for Cabinet Confirmation

February 1, 2017

Dear OCA-NJ Members, Family and Friends:

The important roles of the Trump Administration is currently in review and of the 16 selected nominees; two of these nominees are facing hurdles in their delayed confirmation for their appointment. Senator Jeff Sessions (Attorney General, updated nomination confirmed for Senate hearing 11:20a.m. today) and Betsy DeVos (Education Secretary, nomination confirmed for Senate hearing Jan. 31) contrasts directly with the effectiveness of OCA Advocates and our role in advocacy for APIA. Here’s what you should know and we all need to take the necessary Action Steps to prevent this from happening.

Who are these individuals and what do they mean for the AAPI community?

Please scroll thru to read further of Senator Sessions

Jeff Sessions,

Nominated for Attorney General
Confirmed his nomination today at 11:20am and headed to Senate floor for hearing and vote

What does the Attorney General do?

A key responsibility of the attorney general is to oversee the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division – enforcing our nation’s civil rights laws and upholding the U.S. Constitution. The attorney general also plays a significant role in immigration enforcement and adjudication, including setting policy, through the oversight of the immigration court system and the appointment of immigration judges.

Who is Senator Sessions?

Senator Sessions is the senior senator from Alabama. Senator Sessions has faced controversy for having made derogatory statements and has a history for anti-immigrant movements in his voting record are troubling for many Civil Rights organizations. Senator Sessions historically has not supported legislation and regulations that would protect the AAPI community or other vulnerable communities.

In his own words…
…bemoaned the “last four decades” as a “period of record uncontrolled immigration to the United States” and remarked that “since 1965,” there has been an “extreme unprecedented pattern of immigration… unlike most established countries in the world.” [Citation: A Memo For Republican Members From Sen. Jeff Sessions, Immigration Handbook for the New Republican Majority; Quote from Subcommittee Hearing on “The Impact of High Levels of Immigration on U.S. Workers”]
…has emerged as the lead anti-immigration voice in the United States Senate. Sessions has consistently expressed his opposition to, and raised alarmist concern regarding, patterns of immigration post-1965 – a watershed year in which the United States dismantled its explicitly racist national origin quotas (including the remaining vestiges of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882) and finally allowed larger numbers of non-Europeans into the U.S., creating the diversity we see in America today. Sessions has been the standard bearer for a nativist vision of America, sounding the alarm regarding the “unprecedented” percentage of the American population that is foreign-born – without regard for the fact that the current percentage is lower than during the late 1800s, when the foreign- born were overwhelmingly from Western Europe. Highlights of his record in several areas, including immigration and voting rights, illustrate that Sessions, once deemed unfit to serve as a federal judge due to his racist statements and sentiments, is unqualified and inappropriate for the position of attorney general.

SENATOR SESSIONS ON IMMIGRATION

Proposes a Ban on Muslim Immigrants and Refugees

  • supported proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country.
  • opposes Syrian refugees coming to the U.S. (at least those who are Muslim)

 

Oppose Family-Based Immigration and Diversity in Immigration

  • proposed eliminating immigration categories that allow U.S. citizens to sponsor their parents, sons, daughters, and siblings, among other provisions that promote family unity.
  • wants to reduce overall immigration, especially by low-income immigrants and family-based immigration.

An Inhumane Anti-Immigrant Record

  • supported Alabama’s harsh anti-immigrant law, HB 56, which required local police to inquire about immigration status, public schools to track children’s immigration status, and encouraged racial profiling.
  • proposed extreme restrictions on the number of people on visas who could work lawfully in the U.S.
  • has led the opposition to every bill to grant legal status to undocumented immigrants since he joined the Senate. He strongly opposed the DREAM Act and every recent bipartisan immigration reform bill.
  • attacked policies that protect limited English proficient immigrants and seeks to reduce immigrants’ access to benefits.
  • has sought to withhold federal funding to localities with sanctuary city policies.
  • has offered amendments to limit immigrants with status access to federal health insurance programs, including tax credits in the exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

 

SPOTLIGHTING SESSIONS’ DISREGARD FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Calls a black attorney “boy” and a white civil rights attorney a “disgrace to his race”; tells a black attorney to “be careful what you say to white folks”; and calls the NAACP and ACLU un-American for “trying to force civil rights down the throats of people.”  

  • rejected for a federal judgeship after witnesses testified that he made racist remarks.
  • does not believe in the Constitutional guarantee that all people born in the United States should be granted U.S. citizenship.
  • supported extreme and harsh immigration enforcement and the criminalization of immigrants such as criminal prosecution and prison time for people who enter the country illegally or are out of status, despite the fact that many of them came to America fleeing violence, persecution, and poverty.
  • has not supported programs and policies that attempt to end racial disparities in employment, educational attainment, or incarceration rates.
  • has opposed criminal justice reform, supported strict sentences for drug offenders, and expressed skepticism about the need for special federal civil rights protections for LGBT people.

 

SESSIONS OPPOSES VOTING RIGHTS PROTECTION
Senator Sessions referred to the Voting Rights Act as “a piece of intrusive legislation

  • praised the 2013 Supreme Court decision, Shelby County v. Holder, that struck down part of the Voting Rights Act with a statement that in “Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, people aren’t being denied the vote because of the color of their skin.” A panel of three judges on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in North Carolina found the state’s new voting restrictions “target African Americans with almost surgical precision.”
  • As a U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, prosecuted three black civil rights activists engaged in get out the vote efforts with voting fraud and other crimes. The jury found them not guilty.

 

Please scroll thru to read further of Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos,

Nomination has been cleared for Secretary of Education
Facing Senate Vote for the position of Secretary of Education

What does the Education Secretary do?

The head of the Department of Education, is charged with upholding an inclusive and diverse system of high-quality public education, including the 2.6 million Asian Americans currently in public schools.

Who is Betsy DeVos?

Betsy DeVos is well-known proponent of charter school and voucher school programs, particularly in the state of Michigan. DeVos has never held a position in public schools teaching, counseling, or administration of schools.

• As chair of the American Federation for Children, she advocated for the use of public funds to pay for private school tuition in the form of vouchers, which diverts funds from high need public schools to private schools. From 2007 to 2011, the number of Asian Americans in poverty increased by 37 percent and Pacific Islander poverty increased by 60 percent, which far surpasses the national average of 27 percent. Since vouchers often do not cover the full tuition, the people who need public funds the most are the most likely to not benefit at all from voucher programs.

• She also supports charter school programs that are not obligated to comply with federal anti-discrimination laws. A U.S. Department of Education report found that 85% of large central city private schools would “definitely or probably” not be willing to participate in a voucher program if they were required to accept students with special needs, including limited English proficiency. As 1 in 3 AAPIs are Limited English Proficient, civil rights enforcement in schools is a top priority for our community.

• At her Senate hearing, DeVos appeared to not understand that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was a federal law. IDEA ensures that students with disabilities are given a free and appropriate education in public schools.

• She also refused to back equal accountability for federal funds given to schools, which would leave the door open to government waste and unequal education outcomes across the public, voucher, private, and charter schools that are currently funded by the federal government.

What Can I Do?

Both Jeff Sessions and Betsy DeVos have a history or working against Asian American communities when it comes to immigration, education, and social justice. These individuals should not be allowed to have the ear of the President and take our country backwards to a time where many in our country did not have equal rights.

Find your Senator online and tell them you are calling on behalf of OCA-NJ and to oppose the appointment of DeVos and Sessions!

Sample Script for Jeff Sessions:

Hello, my name is ________________ and I am a constituent of Senator ____________.
I am calling today to voice my opposition to the nomination of Jeff Sessions to the position of attorney general. Jeff Sessions has a long history of opposition to basic civil and immigrant rights. He has opposed family reunification through opposing immigration reform, which is how many AAPIs (or my father, mother, uncle) immigrated to the United States. And he has also voted against an amendment to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that extended temporary visas to undocumented victims of domestic violence.
I urge Senator _____ to oppose his nomination and solely support an attorney general that supports the enforcement of civil rights for all.

Sample Script for Betsy DeVos:

Hello, my name is ________________ and I am a constituent of Senator ____________.
I am calling today to voice my opposition to the nomination of Betsy DeVos to the position of Secretary of Education. She has supported voucher models that disparately affect low income Asian American and Pacific Islander students. Also, with a majority of our community attending public schools, we cannot support a nominee who has never attended public schools and does not understand the needs of our country’s public school system. Finally, she has a history of supporting strongly anti-LGBTQ organizations.
I urge Senator _____ to oppose her nomination and support a Secretary of Education that has a vast experience with different school models that protect the civil rights of all of America’s children.

 

Who’s who in Trumps Nominations–updates

Schedule of other key nominations

Jeff Sessions, attorney general — Nomination confirmed Feb. 1, 11:20a.m.  to be voted on the Senate floor

John Kelly, secretary of Homeland Security — Nomination confirmed
Wednesday, January 11
Rex Tillerson, secretary of state — hearings in the morning and afternoon
Elaine Chao, transportation secretary — Nomination confirmed
Mike Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency — Nomination confirmed

Betsy DeVos, education secretary — Nomination confirmed Jan. 31,  to be voted on the Senate floor

Thursday, January 12
James Mattis, defense secretary–Nomination confirmed
Wednesday, January 18
Tom Price, secretary of Health and Human Services
Hearings yet to be scheduled
Steven Mnuchin, treasury secretary
Andrew Puzder, labor secretary
Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency administrator
Mick Mulvaney, budget director
Ryan Zinke, interior secretary
Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Rick Perry, energy secretary
Nikki Haley, UN ambassador